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Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation

Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation
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Take a break from the madness of prime time television for real conversations on economics and politics. The Pragati Podcast is a fortnightly podcast on public policy. Hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan analyse views and news from India and the world – and talk to experts and practitioners on a wide range of issues. This is and Indus Vox Media Presentation

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Ep. 79: Corporate-Government Relations in India.

1/16/2019
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How should we think of the relationship between governments and businesses? Can the private sector engage with governments in a way that doesn't involve corruption, cronyism and more? Is 'Lobbying' a bad word? Rahul Sharma speaks to host Pavan Srinath on Episode 79 of The Pragati Podcast on how corporate-government relations are evolving in India. Rahul Sharma(https://www.apcoworldwide.com/about-us/our-people/bios/rahul-sharma) is one of India's top public affairs professionals, and...

Duration:00:40:00

Ep. 78: The US-China War for Technology

1/9/2019
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The US-China Trade War goes well beyond tariffs on steel. Tariffs might just be a current battle, but the real conflict between China and the United States could be on technology dominance. In Episode 78, Anupam Manur and Manoj Kewalramani talk to host Pavan Srinath about how the first moves have been made now in a US-China War for Technology. To use a Chinese phrase, this might be China's new Long March towards technological dominance. Episode 77 & 78 are a two-episode special on The...

Duration:01:00:32

Ep. 77: The US-China Tariff Battle

1/9/2019
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A Trade War between the United States and China has dominated headlines and discussions across the world in 2018. Is this really a war? Is it a battle? Do all such metaphors distort discussions on trade? In Episode 77, Anupam Manur and Manoj Kewalramani talk to host Pavan Srinath about how this is really a US-China battle of tariffs and not a trade war. Episode 77 & 78 are a two-episode special on The Pragati Podcast that demystifies ongoing economic conflict between the USA and...

Duration:00:56:01

Ep. 76: India's Successes and Failures

1/2/2019
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How should we think about India as a republic and as a democracy? What has India succeeded in doing, and where do we still have a long way to go? Dr Jayaprakash Narayan, known to all as Dr JP, shares his realism and his optimism with host Pavan Srinath in the first Pragati Podcast episode of 2019. Dr JP has been at the forefront of reform and change in India, as an outstanding IAS officer, as the founder of the Lok Satta Party, as an MLA in Andhra Pradesh, as a member of the Second...

Duration:00:44:03

Ep. 75: True Financial Inclusion

12/26/2018
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How is India doing on increasing access to finance for all its citizens? When we talk about microfinance, are we actually talking about only loans? Malavika Raghavan has a wide-ranging conversation on financial inclusion with host Pavan Srinath and guest co-host Manasa Venkataraman on Episode 75 of the Pragati Podcast. Malavika is a lawyer by training and heads the Future of Finance initiative at Dvara Research. She is also a 2018 Chevening Financial Services Fellow, and has written and...

Duration:01:21:59

Ep. 74: Why Should Indians Care About Distant ISIS?

12/19/2018
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The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, ISIS, is rapidly losing territory and seems to be collapsing. Can this collapsing Islamic State pose new challenges to India and its neighbourhood? Foreign policy scholar Kabir Taneja talks to host Pavan Srinath on ISIS and terrorism in the age of social media on Episode 74 of the Pragati Podcast. He makes a persuasive case for more attention and scholarship on ISIS. Kabir Taneja is an Associate Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation and works on...

Duration:00:56:09

Ep. 73: Can the Courts Protect India's Environment?

12/12/2018
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How well have Public Interest Litigations and the National Green Tribunal served the cause of upholding environmental concerns in India? Is it really Environment versus Development, as most debates frame it? Supreme Court Lawyer Ninad Laud joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 73 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about PILs, the NGT and overall environmental governance in India. Ninad Laud is a lawyer practicing at the Supreme Court. His core areas of practice are mining, environment and...

Duration:00:49:58

Ep. 72: India Putting the Jumbo in Shrimp

12/5/2018
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India is one of the largest producers of frozen shrimp in the world, and may take the top spot from China in 2018 or 2019. Industrialist and shrimp exporter Aditya Dash talks to Pavan Srinath and Anupam Manur on aquaculture, the seafood industry and trade disputes on Episode 72 of The Pragati Podcast. Aditya Dash is an alumnus of the Takshashila Institution's Graduate Certificate in Public Policy (GCPP). Applications are open for the January 2019 intake. Learn more at...

Duration:01:15:02

Ep. 71: 10 Years Later: The 26/11 Mumbai Attacks

11/28/2018
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It has been 10 years since the 2008 Terrorist Attacks on Mumbai. Ten terrorists from the Lashkar-e-Taiba killed over 174 people in South Mumbai, and committed the one of the worst acts of terror on Indian soil. Dheeraj PC, a doctoral student in Intelligence Studies at the University of Leicester, helps us go deep into the attacks and their aftermath. Dheeraj analyses the events of 26/11, the strategy of the terrorists and their commanders in Pakistan, and the Indian response to contain...

Duration:01:02:16

Ep. 70: Behind the Scenes of a Hostage Rescue Mission

11/21/2018
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What was it like to rescue Indian hostages from Taliban-controlled Afghanistan almost 20 years ago? Retired R&AW officer Anand Arni takes us behind the scenes of the hijacking of Indian Airlines Flight IC814 in 1999. Anand Arni joins Pranay Kotasthane and host Pavan Srinath on Episode 70 of The Pragati Podcast. Mr Arni is a Distinguished Fellow and Advisor at the Takshashila Institution, and retired as the Special Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat. He served for over 37 years in the...

Duration:00:32:48

Ep. 45: (Rebroadcast) The Magic Number to Elections

11/14/2018
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It's election season in India again, and everybody wants to know who will win! Listen to this rebroadcast of Episode 45 of the Pragati Podcast to learn about how opinion polls work, and why they often fail. This will help you parse all the news that will come your way between now and December on elections taking place in Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Rajasthan and Telangana. Karthik Shashidhar joins hosts Hamsini Hariharan and Pavan Srinath to discuss election polling, what works...

Duration:00:38:38

Ep. 69: Why Do We Elect Criminals?

11/7/2018
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Why do we vote criminals and corrupt politicians into power? Can politicians really buy the votes of Indians? Does good governance translate into electoral victories? Milan Vaishnav joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 69 of The Pragati Podcast to explain elections, money and crime in India. Milan is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the author of When Crime Pays: Money and Muscle in Indian Politics. The book recently won the Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay...

Duration:01:00:01

Ep. 68: Being a Foreign Correspondent in India

10/31/2018
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How do you report on India for a global audience? What do you choose to write about? And how should we understand cronyism in Indian policy-making? Author and journalist James Crabtree joins host Pavan Srinath on Episode 68 of The Pragati Podcast. James Crabtree was the Mumbai Bureau chief of the Financial Times from 2011 to 2016, and is currently an Associate Professor of Practice at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore. He is also the author of The Billionnaire Raj: A...

Duration:00:41:00

Ep. 67: No, China Isn't Taking Over the World

10/24/2018
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Does China really have a grand strategy to take over the world? Is Chinese media nothing more than a mouthpiece of the Chinese government? And has China side-stepped an overpopulation problem with good public policy? China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins host Pavan Srinath again in Episode 67 to dispel more myths about China. Manoj is an Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution, and has spent over 11 years as a journalist in China and India. Manoj also pens a weekly...

Duration:01:00:19

Ep. 66: Myths about China

10/17/2018
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Most Indians know more about USA and Europe than our northern neighbour China. This two-part series on The Pragati Podcast will bust myths about China and the Chinese government. China expert Manoj Kewalramani joins host Pavan Srinath in Episode 66 to dispel commonly held beliefs about the People's Republic of China. Manoj is an Adjunct Fellow for China Studies at the Takshashila Institution, and has spent over 11 years as a journalist in China and India. Manoj also pens a weekly...

Duration:01:10:57

Ep. 65: Journalism, South India Style

10/10/2018
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How do you do good journalism online? How do you keep opinion and reportage separate? How do you report live on active humanitarian disasters like the Kerala Floods of 2018? Dhanya Rajendran, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The News Minute, joins host Pavan Srinath in episode 65 of The Pragati Podcast to talk about how they built a great digital news platform. If you have any questions for the guests or the hosts, write in to podcast@thinkpragati.com. Don't forget to visit...

Duration:00:39:09

Ep. 64: The Aadhaar Judgements Explained

10/4/2018
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Rahul Matthan and Manasa Venkataraman unpack the Supreme Court's judgments on Aadhaar. In Episode 64, The Pragati Podcast delves deep into the 1,448-page, 6.5-lakh-word set of judgments. The episode includes discussions on the constitutionality of how the Aadhaar Act was passed in 2016, how and whether Aadhaar can be used by for government subsidies, taxes, and more -- and whether it can be used by the private sector at all. Listen in to learn more about what to expect from the government...

Duration:01:10:36

Ep. 63: Modern Cuisine meets 19th Century Governance

9/26/2018
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There are restaurants at every corner in a city like Bangalore, but they are never easy to run. Governments make the lives of restaurateurs more difficult in a million ways. Banning 'dance bars', regulating signboards or controlling liquor licenses make dining out more expensive for customers, create uncertainty for businesses and put jobs at risk. Chef extraordinaire Manu Chandra and Pragati's own Madhu Menon join host Pavan Srinath on episode 63 of The Pragati Podcast. Manu also heads the...

Duration:00:46:01

Ep. 62: Syria and the Ugliness of Modern Warfare

9/19/2018
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The Syrian Civil War has been raging since 2011. Now the war is entering a new and perhaps final phase. How did a peaceful protest turn into a multi-sided war that has killed half a million people and displaced more than 10 million Syrians? Lawyer and policy analyst Ameya Naik returns to the Pragati Podcast to talk to hosts Pavan Srinath and Hamsini Hariharan. The show discusses how Syria got here, the price that Syrians have paid, and how such a conflict can happen anywhere in the...

Duration:00:59:43

Ep. 61: The Many Indian Genomes

9/12/2018
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It is time to talk about the many Indian Genomes, and the great genetic diversity of Indians, 28 years after the Human Genome Project was launched. Dr Kumarasamy Thangaraj joins Pavan Srinath and guest host Dr Shambhavi Naik on Episode 61 of the Pragati Podcast to talk about all things India, genes, history and health challenges. Dr Thangaraj is a renowned scientist working at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, CCMB, Hyderabad. He has published extensively on the origin of...

Duration:00:47:19